Emmys: How ‘The Good Place,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Russian Doll’ Find Humor in Heightened Realities

  • Variety
Emmys: How ‘The Good Place,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Russian Doll’ Find Humor in Heightened Realities
Television has a long history of delivering comedy through escapism, injecting laughter while tackling relevant social issues, pressing play on laugh tracks during outlandish moments and capturing periods in history through live audiences.

This Emmy season though, it seems the type of escapism that’s truly resonating comes in the form of heightened reality. From over-the-top politics and absurd portrayals of wealth, to lollipop-inspired period pieces, new ways of breaking down the fourth wall and magical realism, comedy series nominees are all pushing complex boundaries.

“The category really reflects the new era of TV,” says Dan Palladino, whose “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon Prime Video is nominated once again following its 2018 win. “None of these shows would have been on the air 10-15 years ago. In this new era of television there’s more room for different concepts. It felt like comedy was so limited for so long. There
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